Computer unbootable

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  1. insanechaos

    insanechaos New Member

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    Hey Friends.
    I got a Compaq computer from a friend for free.
    It was free because I mentioned I could fix it and stuff
    (im a software person, not a hardware person) and make a decent
    ubuntu webserver. However, the WinXP install on the machine goes into an infinite loop at the loading screen (with the logo and the scrolling thing at the bottom).

    Ive entered the bios and set it up to boot from floppy, cd, then harddrive....but it doesnt work. Ive inserted a special boot floppy that lets you pick which drive to boot from, but it wont load the floppy or CD.
    It either loads nothing (because ive disabled booting from harddrive on bios) or loads the harddrive and goes into the infinite loop (because ive enabled harddrive)

    right now the box is at a friends house.
    Hes gonna attempt to get a replacement or fix it himself...but yea...any ideas? Im just curious if anyone actually knows what could be the problem
    Im guessing the drives are wired wrong?

    Heh
    Thankx
     
  2. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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  3. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Trash it. It doesn't sound like it's worth the effort.
     
  4. pyehac

    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    Erase the CMOS memory by opening the computer up and removing the battery while its unplugged for about a minute. Reinsert battery and go into the BIOS and re-enter the info (date, time, etc) then try again.
     
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    Great second response :bigthumb:

    By the way, I concur.
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Nobody even asked what cpu it's running.

    It has XP running, so it might be decent enough to be worth the trouble.

    I like the cmos idea. I would disconnect the main power plug from the motherboard too, just to make sure the caps in the psu aren't still supplying the board with voltage.

    And speaking of psu, having it get stuck in the boot cycle could be a sign of a bad power supply.

    If you have another one that you can use, swap it out and see if it makes a difference.
     
  7. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I'm running XP on a 300MHz Celeron II. XP will run on almost anything; doesn't mean it's worthwhile for the purpose he'll be using it for.

    That said, if the fun part is fixing it, then fix it by all means.
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well I guess I was assuming the pc came with xp on it.

    Even if the Compaq came out the very first month they shipped with xp,
    it would still be a ghz or better.
     
  9. insanechaos

    insanechaos New Member

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    Yea....
    Its a compaq 5000 series.
    Specs: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,8218,00.asp
    It doesnt have a DVD drive, just a cd drive i believe.

    Also. It doesnt boot up and then reboot infinitely.
    It displays teh standard xP screen.
    http://www.guilford.edu/content/images/admin/helpsheets/xphome.jpg
    but the green scroll bar at the bottom scrolls forever.

    I will try the battery thing (the small lithum one right?) when I get my computer back from my friend (who hasnt fixed it yet).

    I think its more than worthwhile. If I can erase the XP installation I can put the latest ubuntu or Nubuntu release on it and run it as a web/fileserver, which would be grand.

    Anyone think it could be a bunch of viruses?
    I dont know what this guy did on his computer before he gave it to me, but maybe he was an idiot and got a lot of ad-spam, or trojans or whatnot?
     
  10. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    If it has a green status bar, it's running XP Home. You should upgrade it to XP Pro if you're going to make a server out of it -- it's more secure and I don't think XP Home can even support server functions. Anyway, it sounds like a corrupt driver is sending the system into an infinite loop.

    Wait a second...why do you care whether it's booting Windows if you're going to load Ubuntu on it? Just blow the hard drive away and install Ubuntu.
     
  11. insanechaos

    insanechaos New Member

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    Ok, I replaced the harddrive with an older one.
    It boots into win 95 now....or it would if i didnt install Damn Small Linux on it.
    So it boots into DSL and has a login screen....I forgot the login.
    :big grin:
    The comp has mad Loading-screen lag...or bios lag or whatever....and it wont boot from cd or floppy.
     

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